Proverbs 3:1
New International Version
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

New Living Translation
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.

English Standard Version
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,

Berean Study Bible
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;

New American Standard Bible
My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;

King James Bible
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Christian Standard Bible
My son, don't forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;

Contemporary English Version
My child, remember my teachings and instructions and obey them completely.

Good News Translation
My child, don't forget what I teach you. Always remember what I tell you to do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My son, don't forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;

International Standard Version
My son, don't forget my instruction, and keep my commandments carefully in mind.

NET Bible
My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,

New Heart English Bible
My son, do not forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My son, do not forget my law and let your heart keep my commandments

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, do not forget my teachings, and keep my commands in mind,

JPS Tanakh 1917
My son, forget not my teaching; But let thy heart keep my commandments;

New American Standard 1977
My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments:

King James 2000 Bible
My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

American King James Version
My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

American Standard Version
My son, forget not my law; But let thy heart keep my commandments:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My son, forget not my laws; but let thine heart keep my words:

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, forget not my law, and let thy heart keep my commandments.

Darby Bible Translation
My son, forget not my teaching, and let thy heart observe my commandments;

English Revised Version
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, forget not my law; but let thy heart keep my commandments;

World English Bible
My son, don't forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Young's Literal Translation
My son! my law forget not, And my commands let thy heart keep,
Study Bible
Trust in the LORD
1My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; 2for they will add length to your days, years and peace to your life.…
Cross References
Exodus 20:6
but showing loving devotion to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Deuteronomy 30:16
For I am commanding you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, statutes, and ordinances, so that you may live and increase, and the LORD your God may bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

Psalm 91:16
With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation."

Psalm 119:61
Though the ropes of the wicked bind me, I do not forget Your law.

Psalm 119:153
Look upon my affliction and rescue me, for I have not forgotten Your law.

Proverbs 2:1
My son, if you accept my words and hide my commandments within you,

Proverbs 4:2
For I give you sound teaching; do not abandon my instruction.

Proverbs 4:5
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn from them.

Proverbs 16:31
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is attained along the path of righteousness.

Proverbs 23:26
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes delight in my ways.

Treasury of Scripture

My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

forget

Proverbs 1:8
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Proverbs 4:5
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 31:5
Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

let

Deuteronomy 4:9
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;

Deuteronomy 6:6-9
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: …

Deuteronomy 8:1
All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.







Lexicon
My son,
בְּ֭נִי (bə·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

forget
תִּשְׁכָּ֑ח (tiš·kāḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7911: To mislay, to be oblivious of, from want of memory, attention

my teaching,
תּוֹרָתִ֣י (tō·w·rā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8451: Direction, instruction, law

but let your heart
לִבֶּֽךָ׃ (lib·be·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

keep
יִצֹּ֥ר (yiṣ·ṣōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5341: To watch, guard, keep

my commandments;
וּ֝מִצְוֺתַ֗י (ū·miṣ·wō·ṯay)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4687: Commandment
Verses 1-18. - 4. Fourth admonitory discourse. The third chapter introduces us to a group of admonitions, and the first of these (vers. 1-18) forms the fourth admonitory discourse of the teacher. To all intents and purposes this is a continuation of the discourse in the preceding chapter, for inasmuch as that described the benefits, spiritual and moral, which follow from the pursuit of Wisdom, in promoting godliness and providing safety from evil companions, so this in like manner depicts the gain flowing from Wisdom, the happiness of the man who finds Wisdom, and the favour which he meets with both with God and man. The discourse embraces exhortations to obedience (vers. 1-4), to reliance on God (vers. 5, 6) against self-sufficiency and self-dependence (vers. 7, 8), to self-sacrificing devotion to God (vers. 9, 10), to patient submission to God's afflictive dispensations (vers. 11, 12), and concludes with pointing out the happy gain of Wisdom, her incomparable value, and wherein that value consists (vers. 13-18). It is noticeable that in each case the exhortation is accompanied with a corresponding promise of reward (vers, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10), and these promises are brought forward with the view to encourage the observance of the duties recommended or enjoined. Jehovah is the central point to which all the exhortations converge. Obedience, trust, self-sacrificing devotion, submission, are successively brought forward by the teacher as due to God, and the persons in whom they are exhibited are truly happy in finding Wisdom. The transition in thought from the former to the latter part of the discourse is easy and natural. Obedience and trust are represented as bringing favour, guidance, and health - in a word, prosperity. But God is not only to be honoured in times of prosperity, but also in adversity his loving hand is to be recognized; and in this submission to his will is true wisdom. Verse 1. - My son (b'ni) serves to externally connect this discourse with the preceding. Forget not my law. This admonition bears a strong resemblance to that in Proverbs 1:8, though the terms employed are somewhat different, torah and mits'oth here occupying the place respectively of musar and torah in that passage. My law (torathi), is literally, my teaching, or doctrine, from the root yarah, "to teach." The torah is the whole body of salutary doctrine, and designates "Law" from the standpoint of teaching. Forgetting here is not So much oblivion arising from defective memory, as a wilful disregard and neglect of the admonitions of the teacher. Thine heart (libekha); Vulgate, cor; LXX., καρδία and so the sum total of the affections. Keep; yitstsor, from notsar, "to keep, or observe that which is commanded." The word is of frequent occurrence in the Proverbs, and appears about twenty-five times. My commandments (mits'othay); Vulgate, praecepta mea; LXX., τὰ ῤήματα μου; i.e. my precepts. The Hebrew verb from which it is derived means "to command, or prescribe." The law and commandments here alluded to are those which immediately follow, from ver. 3 onwards. The three main ideas combined in this verse are remembrance, affection, and obedience. Remembering the law or teaching will depend, to a large extent, on the interest felt in that law; and the admonition to "forget not" is an admonition to give "earnest heed," so that the law or teaching may be firmly fixed in the mind. In using the words, "let thy heart keep," the teacher goes to the root of the matter. There may be an historical remembrance of, or an intellectual assent to, the commandments, but these are insufficient, for the keeping of the commandments must be based on the recognition of the fact that the affections of the heart are to be employed in the service of God, the keeping of the commandments is to be a labour of love. Again, the expression, "keep my commandments," implies, of course, external conformity to their requirements: we are "to observe to do them" (Deuteronomy 8:1); but it implies, further, spiritual obedience, i.e. an obedience with which love is combined (Deuteronomy 30:20), and which arises from the inward principles of the heart being in harmony with the spirit of the commandments (see Wardlaw). 3:1-6 In the way of believing obedience to God's commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live for ever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; God's mercy in promising, and his truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing he is able and wise to do what is best. Those who know themselves, find their own understandings a broken reed, which, if they lean upon, will fail. Do not design any thing but what is lawful, and beg God to direct thee in every case, though it may seem quite plain. In all our ways that prove pleasant, in which we gain our point, we must acknowledge God with thankfulness. In all our ways that prove uncomfortable, and that are hedged up with thorns, we must acknowledge him with submission. It is promised, He shall direct thy paths; so that thy way shall be safe and good, and happy at last.
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